Until lately, heavy-duty vans have been the reserve of ranchers, horse house owners and your neighbor who owns a paving firm — robust vans for individuals who do robust work. But the most recent heavy-duty pickups ship new heights of towing and hauling efficiency whereas additionally providing as many high-end options as a luxurious sedan.
The 2019 and 2020 mannequin years will likely be significantly interesting to truck consumers. Ram has redesigned its heavy-duty vans for 2019, and General Motors has redesigned its vans for 2020. Ford, eyeing the competitors, is updating its heavy-duty F-Series for 2020 as nicely. Highlights embody extra highly effective engines, transmissions with as much as 10 ahead gears, and stronger and lighter frames. All contribute to better towing and hauling capacities. The vans additionally include the most recent know-how and security options.
Edmunds takes a have a look at what’s at dealerships now and within the subsequent few months.
Ram 2500 and 3500
Ram redesigned its heavy-duty lineup for 2019 with new styling, upgraded interiors, and a variety of engine and transmission selections. As with its light-duty 1500 sibling, the Ram 2500’s ace card is a novel rear coil-spring suspension that creates a extra comfy journey than its opponents. The 3500 has a conventional rear suspension design however positive factors considerably extra towing and hauling functionality.
Power comes from a gasoline V8 or an non-obligatory six-cylinder diesel engine. People severe about towing will need the latter for its energy of as much as 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque that permits 35,100 kilos’ value of most towing capability within the 3500. On the Ram’s larger trim ranges, you get entry to an non-obligatory 12-inch Uconnect infotainment display screen, a 360-degree surround-view parking digicam system, and a tire-pressure monitoring system that may accommodate each truck and trailer tires.
Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty
The F-250 would possibly lack its rival Ram’s trick rear suspension, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a cushty journey. While a bit stiffer, a bit bouncier and usually a bit truck-ier than the Ram, the F-250 can nonetheless log miles and go away you no worse for put on. The Super Duty vans provide each gasoline and diesel V8 engines, and never surprisingly the diesel packs probably the most punch. The 2019 truck’s 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque can pull as much as 35,000 kilos within the F-350.
Updated Super Duty vans arrive for 2020 with a 10-speed transmission, extra energy for each gasoline and diesel engines, and extra payload and towing capacities. Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist characteristic is now accessible on the Super Duty. First launched within the F-150, it helps drivers reverse with ease whereas towing. Another 2020 addition is an off-road-oriented bundle referred to as the Tremor. Overall, an emphasis on passenger consolation and wonderful energy supply make the F-250 and F-350 simple suggestions.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
The Silverado 2500 HD will get a full makeover for 2020 and positive factors a extra highly effective gasoline V8 engine and a brand new 10-speed automated transmission to go together with the diesel engine that makes 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Like the Ram, the Silverado additionally options chassis refinements. In the Chevy’s case, it’s an impartial entrance suspension that improves steering really feel and journey high quality and aids in towing stability.
The Silverado comes normal with extendable towing mirrors, and an non-obligatory digicam system affords as much as 15 completely different views across the truck. The Silverado 3500’s towing capability is up in a giant manner for 2020 and stands at a most of 35,500 kilos. The Chevy’s inside nonetheless appears to be like a bit plain, even post-overhaul, however the structure is purposeful and rear seat room is big. Buyers in search of extra consolation can look to the Silverado’s cushier however no much less succesful mechanical twins, the GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD.
2020 Nissan Titan XD
The Nissan Titan XD heavy-duty additionally will get a significant replace for 2020. Details are obscure, however anticipate a extra streamlined exterior design, upgraded inside high quality and extra modern tech options. The solely engine provided is prone to be a 5.6-liter V8 since Nissan plans to discontinue the XD’s non-obligatory diesel engine. Whether pushed by poor gross sales or one thing else, the choice makes the subsequent Titan XD a bit extra one-dimensional.
But that may make it a wonderful match for patrons who don’t want greater than 20,000 kilos of towing energy. Factor in Nissan’s historically aggressive pricing and the 2020 Titan XD may fill a novel area of interest.
EDMUNDS SAYS: If you end up on the hauling and towing limits of a light-duty pickup, it might be time to contemplate a heavy-duty pickup. Fortunately, right now’s heavy-duty vans are extra succesful, comfy and refined than ever.
This story was offered to The Associated Press by the automotive web site Edmunds. Dan Frio is a opinions editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @danfrio